Here's a build that will be used primarily for 1080p gaming, on a single monitor. Aesthetics were a priority too, so I went with a black and white theme and a CPU/GPU watercooling loop.
Perfect for my gaming needs. I'll be running with a light overclock initially, as I don't think a single 240 radiator will handle a great deal. Future overclocks may require a second radiator, which can be added to the front.
This was bought mainly for its thermal armour, or rather, the ability to paint it. I used Plastidip to paint the armour black, to match the theme. This is easily removable, if necessary. I also prefer Asus' BIOS/utilities over other manufacturers.
Quality RAM – mainly bought for the aesthetics, but is a solid choice regardless.
In my opinion, the M500 is currently the best price/performance SSD you can buy at the moment (especially with the higher capacity models). This is tucked away in the 2nd compartment of the case.
I assume because of the new 970 & 980 cards being release, but I got this 770 for a very good price. About the same price as a GTX 660, for those of you not in the UK. It'll handle any games at 1080p, and so is fine for my needs - before I get any questions about not getting something like a 970!
A great case for watercooling, and modding in general. Though I feel the price is a little steep. The case is completely DIY, but all assembly tools are supplied. This does make accessing the internals a bit of a pain, as it requires 4 hex screws to be removed. So try not to forget any components!
The two main reasons I've started making this PSU my de facto: it’s completely silent, even when the fan kicks in and the cabling is quality. I also added some braided cabling for the CPU, GPU and Motherboard to match the theme.
Fairly cheap fans with a simple look. They provide decent airflow, even at low RPMs, and are very quiet.
A great OS. I use it at home and at work, so I went with it for uniformity reasons too.
Just an NZXT 1m cable, affixed to a PCI bracket for easy access. What can I say..it's a light!
I spent around £300 on watercooling components, so not the most expensive in the world. But I think it still looks quite good. All components are nickel plated (where applicable).
Any queries, comments or critique - please let me know.